New Stryper album to have one song “Take It To The Cross” that has death metal like growls
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet was recently interviewed by The Metal Voice‘s Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon, and spoke about a number of topics including the material on the band’s new upcoming studio album.
Sweet stated as follows to The Metal Voice about the musical direction on the new Stryper album (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits): “The new album comes out in late April 2018. I can tell you this this is Stryper‘s best album. There is a song that is close to “Yahweh” (song from Fallen album) and it’s really different it will surprise a lot of people. The title of the album is very controversial and very shocking, it holds its own and perhaps surpasses To Hell With The Devil in terms of that catch phrase. There is a song called “Take It To The Cross” and we brought in Matt Bachand who plays guitar in Shadows Fall and also plays bass in Act Of Defiance. And Matt has a great growl voice. So we brought him in on “Take It To The Cross” (new song) and on the chorus you will hear Matt growl and at the end of the song you will hear Matt growl. People are going to hear that and say that”s no way Stryper! More in line with Thrash, Death Metal but not over the top. People are going to hear it and say ‘What the hell?’ “
On whether new Stryper bassist Perry Richardson played on the new upcoming record, Sweet advised: “The situation with the new Stryper album — Perry had a schedule to fulfill and we were on schedule to make the new album so there wasn’t anyway he could play on the album, so next time around we will see. So for the new album we hired called John O’ Boyle who played bass on my last two solo albums, his performances will speak for themselves.”
In terms of whether it was a requirement that Richardson be a Christian in order to join Stryper, Sweet stated: “It’s a valid question, to answer your question, NO and it might make people gasp, it might shock people, it might even lose a few fans by hearing Michael Sweet saying that. What is at the top of the priority list is that they are good people, that they are clean and sober and that they are really good musicians and for Stryper a really important piece is that they can sing. we are a vocal band. It’s not easy to find somebody that can sing and that can play and that is a great person. “
“The Christan thing is that doesn’t always make you a great person. Some of the biggest idiots I know claim to be Christian and then vice versa. Is it something that would be really great to see and have of course, it’s funny cause Perry has said that he is a Christian. But we didn’t go there.”
The Metal Voice‘s interview with Michael Sweet:
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